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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.
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Come Sit a Spell

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When I was a kid, our family made a monthly excursion from Ohio to West Virginia to visit my maternal grandparents. Every time we arrived at the door of their farmhouse, Grandma Lester would greet us with the words, "Come on in and sit a spell." It was her way of telling us to make ourselves comfortable, stay a while , and share in some "catching up" conversation.

 

Life can get pretty busy. In our action-oriented world, it's hard to get to know people. It's tough to find time to ask someone to "sit a spell" with us. We can get more done if we text each other and get right to the point.

 

But look at what Jesus did when He wanted to make a difference in the life of a tax collector. He went to Zacchaeus's house to "sit a spell." His words, " I must stay at your house" indicated that this was no quick stopover (Luke 19:5). Jesus spent time with him, and Zacchaeus's Life was turned around because of this time with Jesus.

 

On the front porch of my grandmother's house were several chairs-a warm invitation to all visitors to relax and talk. If we're going to get to know someone and to make a difference in their life-as Jesus did for Zacchaeus-we need to invite them to "come sit a spell."

-Dave Branon

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